Iowa State University's Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14
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EPISCenter Resources for SFP 10-14 Implementation

General Program Description:
The Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14) is an empirically supported program developed by Virginia Molgaard Ph.D. and others at Iowa State University. This prevention program targets adolescents ages 10 to 14 and their caregivers. The parent, youth, and family skills-building curriculum is delivered in seven weekly sessions and is offered as independent, concurrent learning sessions for parents and youth, followed by joint family sessions. The program uses realistic videos, role-playing, discussions, learning games, and family projects to enhance parenting skills, build life skills in youth, and strengthen family bonds and communication. The program has demonstrated effectiveness in increasing caregivers' ability to set appropriate limits and show affection and support to their youth and in promoting skills in youth, such as coping and peer pressure resistance.  Research has also demonstrated long-term impacts on adolescent substance use, aggression, and academic performance.

National Website: Iowa State University - Strengthening Families Program 10-14